We take a 100% wood-free, all-aluminum and composite 2012 CampLite 6.8 truck camper and a 2012 Ford F-150 Ecoboost out for a four day test and review.
The concept of the CampLite 6.8 is simple, but a bit long winded. First, start with a 100% wood-free, all-aluminum and composite truck camper. Second, build it so that it ends at the tailgate for maximum flexibility and towing. And third, make it completely self-contained with a wet bath big enough for real human beings, a fully-featured kitchen, dinette that turns into a bed, and a clever north-south sleeping overcab bedroom with the most convenient midnight snacking refrigerator location ever conceived in a truck camper. More on that later.
In short, the 2012 CampLite 6.8 is everything you need in a rot-free camper that ends at the tailgate. The concept is strong, so how about the experience of actually using the 2012 CampLite 6.8? It’s time to load up, head out, and run this camper through some real world paces.
The 2012 CampLite 6.8 that we borrowed from Truck Camper Warehouse in New Hampshire smartly matched the 2012 Ford F-150 Ecoboost. From the front the rig looked very tall, but the silver color and graphics of the CampLite were a knockout on the Ford. It’s great to see CampLite truck campers in colors other than white. In fact, you can order CampLite truck campers in just about any color you can imagine, including the silver-grey shown above.
The side profile of this rig really shows how the camper comes just past the tailgate.
From the rear you can see how tall this camper looks. While the height might suggest a high center of gravity and the possibility of sway, the rig handled well.
For anyone who doubts how this camper fits in the truck, take a look at this picture. While you cannot close the tailgate, the camper is inside the rear bumper.
Ford F-150 EcoBoost Camper Match
We called ahead and asked Truck Camper Warehouse to mount the 2012 CampLite 6.8 on the 2012 Ford EcoBoost they had in inventory.
When we arrived, we checked the truck and camper payload match. We started with the Ford F-150’s tire and loading sticker on the driver’s side door. The payload read 1,863 pounds. We added 50 pounds for removing the tailgate and we got 1,913 pounds. We recently learned that the manufacturers do not add passenger weight so that’s the total payload for you, the camper, wet with options, and your stuff.
The dry weight of the 2012 CampLite 6.8 is very impressive at 1,496.58 pounds. To get this dry weight, we subtracted the fresh water weight (13 gallons fresh, 108.42 pounds) and 20 pound propane tank weight (20 pounds) from the above weight sticker that includes both fresh water and propane weight.
Using the Truck Camper Magazine wet weight calculation, the CampLite 6.8 came to 2,240 pounds wet and loaded. Here is the TCM wet weight calculation:
Camp Lite TC6.8: dry weight, 1,496.58 pounds + 13 gallons fresh, 108.42, + 6 gallons full hot water heater, 50 pounds + 20 pound full propane tank, 20 pounds, + 1 battery, 65 pounds + stuff, 500 pounds = 2,240 pounds.
This specific 2012 CampLite 6.8 overloaded this specific 2012 Ford F-150 EcoBoost. Again, we asked for this truck and camper to be assembled so this is a case where the weight police should be arrested. We admit it, guilty as charged.